Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

Overview: Each year, ten billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S., mostly on sprawling, industrialized farms, where virtually no federal laws mandate how the animals are treated – though guidelines exist – and state laws are ineffective. As a result, animals are frequently subjected to what many consider cruel treatment and inhumane conditions in the interest of economic efficiency. DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Creston, Ohio. This shocking documentary is produced by Tom Simon (a seven-time Emmy winner) and Sarah Teale, producer of the 2006...

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

Overview: On Sept. 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group from Somalia, attacked Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The siege lasted 49 hours, leaving 71 dead and hundreds wounded. Told from the vantage point of more than 100 security cameras revealing hours of previously unseen mall surveillance video, and drawing on extensive photos taken during the attack and testimony from survivors and rescuers depicted in the footage and photos, TERROR AT THE MALL recalls the horror of the attack, as well as the courage and resilience of ordinary citizens in the face of mass murder. TERROR AT THE MALL debuted on HBO on Monday,...

HBO Documentary Films: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE NYFD

HBO Documentary Films: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE NYFD

Overview: “‘A good job’ means a really tough fire,” says retired firefighter Alfred Benjamin. Some call it terrifying or seductive, but as Rescue 5’s Joseph Esposito notes, “You should be scared…that’s what keeps you alive.” Directed and produced by Liz Garbus (HBO’s LOVE, MARILYN, BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD and others) and produced by actor Steve Buscemi (Emmy nominee for HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE) this documentary explores life in one of the most demanding and innovative fire departments in the world. Featuring first-hand accounts of veteran firefighters and former FDNY member Buscemi, the film reveals what it feels...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT

Overview: On Dec. 23, 2008, two days before Christmas, the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio shut its doors. As a result, 2,500 workers and 200 management staff were left without jobs, while the closing is also sure to trigger the loss of thousands of related jobs and businesses. The film views the final months of the plant through the workers’ eyes as they reflect on their work and consider their next steps. In revealing interviews with people who considered themselves more family than co-workers, the film reveals the emotional toll of losing not just a job, but a sense of self. It closes with footage of the actual...

HBO Documentary Films: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

HBO Documentary Films: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

Overview:  The HBO press release states – When the curtain rose on the murder trial of Pamela Smart murder case 23 years ago, the stage was set for the birth of reality TV. Accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband Gregory, the 22-year-old Smart was subsequently convicted in the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel court case, which has inspired TV shows, books, plays and feature films. An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary explores how the media coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing. It features an exclusive new interview with Smart herself, as well as...

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

Lest you forget HBO has a lineup of late night entertainment that it airs but with no consistency. Those programs are all showings of previously aired content. HBO has not premiered anything new since SEX//Now back in January. That changed on Thursday, 08.14 when CATHOUSE: KING OF THE HOUSE premiered. HBO is not a stranger to the Cathouse in question, are you?  If you didn’t know the locale is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. Over the years HBO has aired specials and later a series about the house of ill repute in question. It all started with the documentary titled CATHOUSE in December 2002 which first...

HBO Documentary Films: NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

HBO Documentary Films: NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Overview: On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first American president to resign from office. From 1971 to 1973, he had secretly recorded his private conversations, purportedly “for the purpose of historical record,” but in the wake of the Watergate scandal the revelation of the tapes led to his downfall. Presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his resignation and featuring excerpts from the tapes, as well as original press reports and Nixon’s reflections a decade after the tapes were revealed, the fascinating documentary NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS debuted MONDAY, AUG. 4 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT),...

HBO Documentary Films: LOVE CHILD

HBO Documentary Films: LOVE CHILD

Overview: LOVE CHILD explores the growing problem of Internet addiction through the story of a couple tried in South Korea in 2010 for the negligent death of their infant daughter due to their obsessive online gaming. Director Valerie Veatch (HBO’s ME @ THE ZOO) skillfully weaves a tale of personal tragedy together with social commentary, shining a light on how new technology can have unforeseen dire consequences. The film documents the first trial for internet addiction and the subsequent ruling that set a global precedent in a world where the line between real life and virtual reality can blur. Expectations: Well, I did something I...

HBO Documentary Films: THE NEWBURGH STING

HBO Documentary Films: THE NEWBURGH STING

Overview: On May 20, 2009, four men from the impoverished and largely African-American city of Newburgh, NY, were apprehended for an alleged terror plot. They had no history of violence or terrorist ties, but had been drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated scheme to bomb Jewish synagogues in a wealthy New York City suburb and fire Stinger missiles at U.S. military supply planes. Their dramatic arrest, complete with armored cars, a SWAT team and FBI aircraft, played out under the gaze of major TV outlets, ultimately resulting in 25-year prison sentences for the “Newburgh Four”. Amidst the media frenzy surrounding...

HBO Documentary Films: BOY INTERRUPTED

HBO Documentary Films: BOY INTERRUPTED

Overview: BOY INTERRUPTED is a documentary about the suicide of fifteen year old Evan Perry. The teen came from a family with a history of mental illness; his uncle had committed suicide age 21. Evan had been diagnosed with depression and prescribed Prozac, then with bipolar depression and prescribed mood stabilizers. However, aged 15, he jumped to his death from his family’s apartment window. This film chronicles his journey as told via his parents, Hart and Dana Perry, both filmmakers.     Expectations: I actually remember somewhat of this documentary which I saw five years ago. Since it has not been given an HBOWatch review I...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

The exclusive HBO series documenting an eight-city journey into the heart of America’s musical identity as seen through the Foo Fighters comes in October. HBOWatch has given attention to it earlier, but HBO is now ready to make the announcement official.   EXCLUSIVE HBO SERIES FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, DOCUMENTING AN EIGHT-CITY JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA’S MUSICAL IDENTITY, DEBUTS IN OCTOBER   As the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25-million-plus-selling Foo Fighters ready their as-yet-untitled eighth album for November release, Dave Grohl, the band’s frontman — and accomplished director of the acclaimed feature-film...

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